We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Domkrag Guest House”
Review of Addo Rest Camp

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Addo Elephant National Park
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Addo Rest Camp
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Domkrag Guest House”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed at Domkrag - booking was fiddly through the South Africa National Parks website and it was quite expensive but when we arrived we realised it was worth it. Wonderful bedlinen and stunning bathrooms - everything was 5* standard. There was such a wonderful feeling of space (four adults in our group) especially when sat on the balcony looking at zebras in the distance.
The house was immaculately clean and its kitchen contained all you'd need for self-catering but we were rather lazy and ate at the restaurant in the camp (10min walk away). The restaurant is not of the highest quality but it is convenient and the staff are friendly.
No problems with mosquitos when we visited in Feb - a pleasant surprise!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
Helpful?
Thank uktraveller009
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

420 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    139
    198
    58
    15
    10
See reviews for
94
256
5
2
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (61)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
331 reviews
121 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Had a 2 night stay here in October and although the park is amazing, the lodgings are quite basic, but adequate.

Would we return and stay in the park, yes ... would we prefer the accommodation to be of a higher standard, yes.

With that said, as previously mentioned you are already in the park before outside guests and can explore before the park gets busy.

We were lucky enough to see lion (3), hyena, zebra, kudu, eland, ostrich, buffalo, dung beetles, tortoise, jackal, mongoose and loads of birds to name a few, not forgetting elephants galore. We saw nothing from the rondavels, however, they had, had so much rain the animals probably didn't have to venture to the water hole.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Lindsay-and-Neil
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Utrecht
Level Contributor
66 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in a rondavel. This accomodation is clean, has a great bed and a superb view on the lit waterhole. The first night we saw an elephant, great. The kitchen is very well equipped but you share it with others and it is not in your accomodation. You have your own big fridge and freezer on the terrace and of course braai facilities.
The other three nights we stayed in a cottage (number 15) and this was also very well equipped and excellent beds. You cannot see the lit waterhole but maybe it is a bit more convenient as you have your kitchen in the accomodation.
I would advise to do the shopping in Port Elizabeth as there are no big supermarkets nearby. We really enjoyed the gamedriving and even saw a rhino!
We also went for a lovely walk in the Zuurberg (18 km from the Park). Really nice and it took us 4 hours but we are not fast.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank globetrotterUtrecht
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Itala, Italy
Level Contributor
84 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Addo Park is great. The system of the hospitality and accomodation works fine, the price they ask for access in all South African parks definitely too high. And increases constantly year by year.
The rudeness of most of the SAN park employess at the receptions is an issue. I can say it after visiting 8 SAN parks in South Africa.
The feeling of laziness and unwelcoming is something you can touch.
As for the rest, locations are always superb. We rented a chalet, with a great view over the valley, and a guaranteed sunrise/sunset spot.
Accomodation was large, high ceiling, simple but practical. With a long table and a well equipped kitchen in an intriguing open space.
The kitchen was also complete of dishes and all needed for a self cooking.
Two wooden hides allow visitors to have some game viewing.
In the Center West of South Africa Addo is the best place to do a safe and hearty safari.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank ilPetrarca
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
118 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2013

We visited Addo for 3 nights at the beginning of our "Route 62" trip. It was our first time staying in this park (we are regulars to Kruger), we booked a Cottage (CO2) for the duration. It was big, clean, well equipped, had a super king size bed, a great bathroom. As always, in keeping with Sanparks accommodation which is fantastic value for money.
The shop is well stocked, although they did run out of Still Waters, some of the coldrinks and ice whilst we were there which in the peak season is unusual, but that was a minor glitch.
We thoroughly enjoyed the game viewing & bird watching, were lucky to have seen 4 of the "Big 5", the only exclusion being leopard. The ellies are the most entertaining and one can literally sit for hours & hours at the watering hole watching their antics!
A great experience and we will definitely be back in the future.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank rozzie1Joburg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
118 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Addo really exceeded many of my expectations. We stayed for 2 nights - 1 night in a chalet and another in a Safari Tent. Both offered great views: the chalet a wider view of the valley where you can spot elephant, jackals etc and the Safari Tent had a prime view of the watering hole where we saw Buffalo drinking late at night.

There is a restaurant on site, but it closes early (8pm) and the food isn't the best. We had delicious pizza outside the camp towards Addo at the Orange Elephant Backpackers.

Room Tip: Safari Tents have a great view of the watering hole and offer good value for money.
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Kevernscott
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Venice, Italy
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed January 11, 2013

If you go to addo, dont be dissuaded by the thick green indigenous spekboom bush that welcomes you. You do see the animals! If you can, book the rondawels. They have a spectacular view of a waterhole. As the sun sets and you sip your glass of wine and turn your mielies on the braai, keep your binoculars handy. We saw elephant (one does see alot of elephant in addo), buffalo, kudu, zebra and warthog, all from our dinner table.

Some of us stayed in a forest cabin, which was very adequately equipped with a small private braai area, all separated and private from the surrounding cabins, by the high local spekboom bush. Both the forest cabins and rondawels have communal kitchens which were very well equipped. We never saw anyone in them, even in high season!!

Addo is huge and has one leopard and 12 lion, so dont expect to see the big five. Expect to see elephant, kudu, hartebees, eland, zebra, buffalo, ostrich, warthog, jackal. Expect beautiful green eastern cape landscape that opens up into grasslands under beautiful clear african sky. Expect masses of stars and birdsong.

We took the option of a hop-on guide from 8 to 10 in the morning which was useful. It cost R170 plus a tip, less than a game drive for 5 people and even though we didnt see much, our guide was a xhosa man who had grown up on the township bordering the park and so had a wealth of knowledge as well as a very intimate relationship with his land. Passing other landies and private game drivers, he'd stop and ask them what they'd seen.

Remember, the park opens at 6 and it really is worth getting up early to get out there. We went in January but I overheard a local saying very expressedly that the best time he'd ever been in addo was when the summer rains came. He said the zebras were dancing. I assume that would be april, may.

If you're not SouthAfrican, you wouldn't know the delicious granadilla lolly so here's a little tip: in the maincamp shop, in a small standing fridge, lie LOTS of granadilla lollies. Not easily found anymore but really putting the cherry on the top!

Room Tip: Definately the rondawels or the guest houses, domkrag and harpoor.
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank alisonranwell
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Addo Elephant National Park
1.3 mi away
River Bend Lodge
River Bend Lodge
#3 of 12 in Addo Elephant National Park
427 reviews
23.8 mi away
Kuzuko Lodge
Kuzuko Lodge
#1 of 12 in Addo Elephant National Park
329 reviews
5.4 mi away
Gorah Elephant Camp
Gorah Elephant Camp
#2 of 12 in Addo Elephant National Park
318 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
7.8 mi away
Zuurberg Mountain Village
Zuurberg Mountain Village
#1 of 2 in Addo Elephant National Park
301 reviews
3.5 mi away
Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm
5.4 mi away
The Elephant House
The Elephant House
#6 of 21 in Addo
285 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Addo Rest Camp? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Addo Rest Camp

Property: Addo Rest Camp
Address: 36 km From Matyholweni Gate, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Addo Rest Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Addo Park Rest Camp Hotel Addo Elephant National Park

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing